travel with pets

Santa Fe, New Mexico is unforgettable! We loved our stay so much that we extended to a total of nine enchanting nights. After all, New Mexico is the “Land of Enchantment” and Santa Fe certainly fulfilled that appelation! It’s a unique destination rich in history and heritage. One thing certain about Santa Fe, you can’t fit everything into a first visit – but we certainly gave it our best shot! I’ve decided to share more than one post on this  intriguing area. It deserves an in-depth review!

I’ve traveled from the Pacific coast to the Eastern seaboard more times than I can count. On all my visits through Albuquerque and even on a trip to Taos, NM in the late 6os, somehow neither HB or I had ever made a trip to Santa Fe. After hearing about what a great dog-friendly place Santa Fe is, we decided another road trip was in store for the two of us and our Australian shepherd, Emmy. As we arrived in town, we began to see dogs everywhere. Emmy could hardly restrain herself!

This is the entryway to La Posada de Santa Fe, our home for the next nine marvelous days. Upon arrival, Emmy felt like a rock star. She was given a welcome like none other she’d ever received in our 10,000 -plus miles we’ve traveled with her. As we entered the registration area, several of the employees clustered around Emmy asking about her breed, petting her and spoiling her with some of her favorite treats. She was in doggy heaven – and we were just along for the ride! Seriously, La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa goes out of there way to make your stay perfect. The staff is always available to meet every need. I will be posting more about La Posada, but in this post, I want to concentrate on how pampered this hotel made our Emmy feel.


This darling gift of doggy treats was waiting in our room… and for her human consorts, a plate of cheese, crackers and fruit, a lovely bottle of wine and a personal letter of welcome from Jennifer Riek, Leisure Sales Manager.


The staff set up this special bed for Emmy.

Our first morning, we had a  breakfast of southwestern omelets, delivered hot and piquant to our private patio.

On several mornings, we enjoyed a lovely breakfast at The Patio at La Posada. Emmy was always welcomed as well as other canine guests. Of course she loved the attention she received from the courteous staff.  Chef Juan Ruvalcaba was eager to please with any special orders. I happen to love caramelized bananas with my oatmeal and he was more than happy to fulfill my request on more than one occasion. He did an excellent job!

Mudgy, a three-legged rescued Border Collie became one of Emmy’s many friends. We were impressed by the number of Santa Feans that own rescue or animal shelter dogs. It speaks volumes of the great love for animals that is felt everywhere in Santa Fe. A worthy note about Mudgy’s owner: he is John Coveny, writer/producer of A&E’s new series, “Longmire”. We highly recommend this program; we have been enjoying it and find it to be well worth the time. It can be seen on Sunday evenings at 10 pm MT.

Even when La Posada Resort was at full capacity, there were always intimate walkways and beautiful grounds that could be enjoyed as if we were the only guests. It was relaxing and peaceful in its tranquil setting!

The adobe structures surrounding the grounds at La Posada de Santa Fe complement the unmistakable ambiance and historical influences that make Santa Fe such a special destination.


If you’re looking for a getaway where your beloved pet is welcomed in nearly every establishment, Santa Fe should be high on your list. More posts will follow expressing my love for this wonderful place! Please visit me again soon.


Canyonlands National Park rivals the Grand Canyon in its awe inspiring and breathtaking views. You can spend days in Moab and miss the majority of Canyonlands, as it covers so many square miles. Situated on top of a mesa, the district we visited is sometimes referred to as “Island In The Sky”, a pretty accurate description. To get to both Island In The Sky and Dead Horse Point State Park drive nine miles north of Moab on US 191. Turn west onto SR313 toward Island In The Sky Visitor Center, which is located 32 miles from Moab. A few miles before you enter Canyonlands National Park, there is a road to your left which takes you to Dead Horse Point State Park. It’s well worth the 22-mile travel to the visitors center and hiking trails. Be patient, for the towering 2,00o feet above the Colorado River is not something you want to miss. The serenity is ever present, looking over this vast panorama! Truly, this is one magnificent view of the canyon country of southeastern Utah! This is one of my favorite shots overlooking the valley below and the meandering Colorado River.

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Dogs are allowed on leashes in the state parks of Utah but not in the national parks. Emmy loved walking the trails with us. An easy way to always have a doggy bag available, is to tie it to your belt loop; a habit that has proved quite convenient and opportune!

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I really wasn’t going to jump, but how thrilling to be standing on this overhanging ledge, just a short hike from SR 313. It’s only a 2,000 foot drop to the Green River… I wouldn’t call it a drop-in-the-bucket!

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 Thelma and Louise took this photo…  seriously! They were two friends actually named Thelma and Louise, from Australia. We just happened upon this point and they were nice enough to offer to take our photo. As we approached, I mentioned to HB that if I accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake, we’d be doing a “Thelma and Louise”… and how crazy was it to get our picture taken by these two funny ladies who just decided to take a trip around the Southwest!

thelma and louiseCan you say, “GORGEOUS”?

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The photo above was taken toward the east of SR 313 on the mesa driving away from Island in the Sky and the photo below was taken from the west. Of course the sun wasn’t in my favor for a great shot, but hopefully you can see how incredible it was to be on top of the world… or so it seemed!

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If you’re looking for unsurpassed beauty, then check out Dead Horse Point State and Canyonlands National Parks. There are a myriad of activities just waiting for you. Whether you are traveling in your car sightseeing or want to be part of the action hiking, jeeping or cycling the many miles of trails, southeastern Utah definitely needs to make your bucket list!